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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (968 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Larry Brown Narrator: Tom Stechschulte Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2016 ISBN: 9781440799662
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Larry Brown is hailed as one of today’s most talented Southern writers. With the release of each book, including Dirty Work, Father and Son, and Joe, reviewers and fans offer increasingly enthusiastic praise for the astonishing characters he creates.

At 17, Fay Jones leaves her family’s squalid home with $3 in her bra and ragged sneakers on her feet. As she heads for Biloxi, people befriend her—a policeman, his wife, a bouncer—but her impact on their lives is seductive and unpredictable. Beautiful and naïve, Fay becomes the catalyst in a chain reaction of desire and violence. Her journey provides unflinching snapshots of the South, from beaches to bar rooms. Wherever she lands, though, Fay is fueled by a deep-rooted will to survive.

Narrator Tom Stechschulte voices every nuance of this unforgettable young woman’s personality and her transient, often brutal, world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In writing about lives stripped down to their essentials, Brown reminds us of the dark truths our choices sometimes allow us to forget.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “The raw power of this novel, the clear, graphic accounts of both humble and perverted lives (in the bars and strip joints of Biloxi), is a triumph of realism and a humane imagination.”

    Publishers Weekly

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandyhilliard | 2/19/2014

    " The last novel I read of Larry's. I marvel at his ability to see inside the mind and heart of a young girl. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard Barlow | 2/17/2014

    " Okay, so the review might be a bit biased as I consider Larry Brown one of great authors of recent years (sadly no longer with us). All of his stories, including this one are based in the South, usually Mississippi and unfold like most things in the South slowly, but dramatically. The character of Fay is a seventeen year old runaway, who over the course of the book realizes the hold she has over the men in her life and the pressure it brings. Brown takes his time in letting the characters develop and does not condescend to us by writing stereotypes. All the characters big and small are fully realized with their pain and joys illustrated. In some respects the story Brown tells is a small one but it is told with such flair that as a reader you don't care. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bluern | 2/3/2014

    " I'm still thinking if this girl daily! Great book that just haunts me. Real... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Natalie | 2/2/2014

    " It's hard for me to rate this book because while it was written extremely well and I couldn't put it down, the subject matter was brutal and uncomfortable. It takes place in the south and the main character, Fay, is young, naive, and just a total mess. I think what bothered me so much is that life like this actually exists for people and I would never want my daughter to run away from home because of a messed up, abusive father and experience all this. So while I thought it was fantastic, I thought it was horrible at the same time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 2/2/2014

    " Incredible book. This is a sequel to Joe and I agree with Greg that it's better. She gets taken in by that couple and unfortunately makes a choice that wasn't necessary but she didn't know that, which alters her future tragically. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carmen Harris | 1/25/2014

    " It's been a very long time since I read this book, but it made a lasting impression and I remember loving it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 1/23/2014

    " Read this a while back but remember it as a gritty,revealing account of a survivor form the bottom rungs of society...Very good book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 1/22/2014

    " Read Joe first. Fay is a character in Joe and it just makes more sense to read it in order - trust me, I know first hand. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bmetrick | 1/9/2014

    " Larry Brown died tragically too young. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 1/2/2014

    " It has been several years since I read it but I remember loving it. Hard to put down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daisy | 11/17/2013

    " Underage sex, plenty of killing, close calls and seemingly hopeless cases: exactly what Larry Brown is good at. He's dead, but I still secretly wish I could find him at Proud Larry's in Jackson and get drunk on PBR with him while talking about James Agee and Eudora Welty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 9/30/2013

    " A book recommend to me by Jennifer. You'll never forget the characters in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 7/29/2013

    " Larry Brown kicks ass- this book is ok as far as writing goes, but i couldnt put it down. Some guys can just tell a story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry Drake | 6/27/2013

    " Engaging book. Brown was great with character development and the nuances of dialect. A thoroughly enjoyable read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 5/18/2013

    " re-read this puppy. this is the book that turned me on to Mr. Brown (rest his soul). he was/is my favorite contemporary author. have read everything. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Troy | 3/25/2013

    " Before "Fay" I was a Larry Brown virgin, and now I can't get enough of his roughness. This is a brillant book. A little slowly-paced, but worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Connors | 2/12/2013

    " This is a terrific example of grit-lit, and Larry Brown, who died recently, was one of the best. Fay will steal your heart! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah Beth | 1/16/2013

    " Kept thinking: What's wrong with these people? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee Hannah McDonald | 11/24/2012

    " Still really liked it, but not as much as the first read. Love me some LB. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie O'connor | 10/29/2012

    " Very well written, but didn't love the subject matter.. Can't stand people making stupid decisions! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine | 10/8/2012

    " This author develops some of the most incredible characters. It's the kind of book that stays with you long after you have finished it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 7/17/2012

    " I am becoming a big fan of Larry Brown. I do highly recommend reading the book "Joe" by Larry Brown before reading this one. Fay is a continuation of one character's plot line in Joe. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bridget | 2/22/2012

    " I really enjoyed this novel. Throughout the book though I really disliked the character, however that it one of the things that kept me reading. I was hoping for her demise. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 12/17/2010

    " In a nutshell, this story involves a whole lot of sex, constant drinking of alcohol and coffee, oh and several murders/deaths as a by product. An incredulous story with little to no redeeming qualities in the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kbheiner7 | 10/6/2010

    " Solid writing - coarse language gets old fast. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amelia | 9/13/2010

    " A bit anticlimactic, but not a bad read overall. I feel the need to cleanse my system though after the constant lighting up of cigarettes and pouring of drinks . . . "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassie | 6/5/2010

    " I'm surprised that this book hasn't been reviewed more by goodreaders. I found it a fascinating book about a young woman who has remarkable moral character considering life's circumstances. Well written, not a nice tidy ending, but perhaps, that makes it more real. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Angela | 4/7/2010

    " Totally pointless and way too wordy. Way too many loose ends, but it doesn't really bother me because I don't really care about any of the characters. Just really not my style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Austin | 1/31/2010

    " I'm glad she never turned to drugs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bmetrick | 1/7/2010

    " Larry Brown died tragically too young. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 8/25/2009

    " Read this a while back but remember it as a gritty,revealing account of a survivor form the bottom rungs of society...Very good book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 7/6/2009

    " Such an excellent, devastating book. I would recommend this more than any other book, because not sure many people would have heard of it. EVERYONE should hear about it, it is that good. "

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About the Author
Author Larry Brown

Larry Brown (1951–2004) was an American novelist, non-fiction, and short story writer. He won numerous awards including the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters award for fiction, the Lila Wallace-Readers Digest Award, and Mississippi’s Governor’s Award For Excellence in the Arts. He was also the first two-time winner of the Southern Book Award for Fiction.

His notable works include Dirty Work, Father and Son, Joe, and Big Bad Love. In 2013 a film adaptation of Larry Brown’s Joe was released, featuring Nicolas Cage.

About the Narrator

Tom Stechschulte has narrated well over a hundred audiobooks and has won sixteen AudioFile Earphones Awards. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2009 and has been a finalist for the Audie in 2005 and 2011. As an actor, he has been seen in eleven Broadway shows as well as numerous television and film shows, including the remake of The Manchurian Candidate.